North West School of Surgery - Assessments (ARCP and IPRs)


North West School of Surgery

Assessments (ARCPs and IPRs)

 

Guidance on this page applies to the School of Surgery across both East and West Sectors of Health Education England, North West.

 

Introduction of New Surgical Curriculums Postponed until August 2021

New Surgical Curriculums were due to implemented in all surgical specialties from August 2020. The JCST have now confirmed that implementation of the new surgical curricula is postponed until 4 August 2021.

Please click here to see the JCST's statement

The new curriculums have now been published and are available on the ISCP website.

Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)

An ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression) will take place for all doctors in postgraduate training (including LTFT doctors) at least once per calendar year. For most doctors this will take place in June/July, however some doctors may have their ARCP in December/January. Ad-hoc ARCPs may take place at other times of the year as required. The ARCP outcome will be decided at an ARCP Assessment Panel at which the doctor postgraduate in training will not be present, therefore all evidence must be on their ISCP portfolio seven working days before the ARCP Assessment Panel date. Doctors in postgraduate training will not normally attend the ARCP Assessment Panel, however the TPD may ask you to attend for an Educational Meeting which will take place after the Panel have decided the ARCP outcome. Doctors issued a developmental outcome (Outcome 2, 3, 4 or 5) must attend the ARCP Feedback Panel to discuss the outcome and objectives for the next period of training.

 

For a full guide of the standard HEE North West process for ARCPs please visit our policies and procedures page:

Interim Progress Review (IPR)

Once a year, all doctors in postgraduate surgical training will also be invited to an IPR (Interim Progress Review) which will take place half way between ARCPs, or six months before the first ARCP for new doctors in postgraduate surgical training. IPRs usually take place in December/January each year, however some doctors may have their IPR in June/July if their ARCPs take place in December/January. The IPR is a formal face-to-face meeting to review your ISCP portfolio to assess your progress towards a satisfactory outcome at your next ARCP. The ISCP portfolio must be up to date and it is usually expected that doctors should have achieved approximately half of the annual requirements for the year (20/10 WPBAs) or evidence towards achieving the requirements (such as involvement in an audit) by the time of the IPR. The IPR is also a chance for doctors to discuss and feedback about their training experience.

Dates of Next Assessments

For details of the dates of the next assessments, please see the individual specialty's assessment page:

Form R

The GMC requires that an up to date Form R Part B must be submitted within the month prior to all ARCPs (a Form R is not required for an Interim Progress Review). We also ask that a Form R Part A is submitted once per year, usually at the time of the ARCP. Please visit the Form R page of our website for the most up to date versions.

Workplace Based Assessments (WPBAs)

All doctors in surgical training are expected to complete at least 40 WPBAs per year if on the pre-2021 curriculum, or 20 per year if on the 2021 curriculums, including one Multi-Source Feedback (MSF). All WPBAs must be validated before the ARCP Assessment Panel as the panel will not be able to see any un-validated assessments.

 

WPBAs should be carried out in a variety of settings with a variety of assessors and should be spread out evenly throughout the training year. Assessments should include comments by the assessor reflecting feedback given on performance and areas for improvement and a global rating indicating the level achieved.

 

Doctors should also complete Assessment of Audits (AoA), Observation of Teaching (OoT) and CEX for consent where possible and should complete at least one during their training.

 

Guidance on the practicalities of WPBAs and information on assessment types is available on the ISCP website.

JCST Certification Guidelines

Please see the following link for the most up to date JCST Certification guidelines for pre-2021 curriculums:

external link icon https://www.jcst.org/quality-assurance/certification- guidelines-and-checklists/

 

Certification guidelines for the 2021 curriculums can be found within the curriculum documents on ISCP.

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Page Last Updated 1 April 2022